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Thoughts on the “Vision Board Workshop”

A couple Friday’s ago I attended the Arise & Be Vision Board Workshop!

One word comes to mind to sum up my morning with this amazing group of women, thankful. This workshop allowed the time and space for me to make my goals and visions for this year come alive!

Going into the workshop I had a few things I wanted to accomplish. To reach my goal weight by May, spend the night in a treehouse and to learn Spanish.

After the first hour of the workshop, the time they gave us to just free our minds really helped me discover other goals that I never knew I had! The environment and energy at the workshop was amazing and so comfortable. It was so cozy and the music was so relaxing! I loved seeing the fresh flowers as soon as I walked in the room. Fresh flowers always put a smile on my face and warms my heart!

Hearing Kila’s story about her vision board totally made me tear up and it really helped everyone understand what a vision board is and what it can do for your life. I have created one other vision board about five years ago. I was so excited to make another one because I believe so much in the power of them!

Almost every single thing that I added to my previous board has all happened. A trip to Europe, a marriage to my best friend, my salon, a puppy  and so much more! Since I have made my second board, I have looked at it each morning while getting ready for my day.

Putting positive thoughts into the universe of the things I want to accomplish for myself and my loved ones is a powerful thing.

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I am thankful to be a part of the Arise & Be movement and I am so THANKFUL I get to experience moments like this with such an uplifting group of women!

-Haylee Galvez

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Just Be.

I walked into the Arise & Be retreat in January a battered, wounded soul, and immediately I could tell that it was a safe place. I saw it in the way people were smiling at one another, nervous but open. I felt it in the way the Arise & Be team had set up the room so beautifully, and in the way we were greeted individually by the team. I even heard it in the gorgeous music filling the room and tickling my ears.

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Words. Are. Powerful.

We’ve all heard the saying, ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.’ The reality is, we all know words can hurt. They can touch us on the deepest of levels, rock us at our absolute core and seep into our hearts. Words can make us feel so good, yet, so small; they can make us laugh, cry, laugh and cry…we’ve all experienced the different effects words can have on us. And yes, while they may not leave a physical mark on our bodies, they can have lasting effects on our hearts.

As a team at Arise & Be, we believe words can compel us to leap, fly, soar even. They can ignite a fire within us to do amazing things. Invoke purpose. Offer support. Restore beliefs. Shape our thoughts. We believe:

Words. Are. Powerful.

Which is why at the beginning of every year, we each choose a word that will evoke change, inspire self-care, offer strength, awaken our hearts, and encourage both forward movement and growth. A word we can lean on in those oh-so-familiar challenging situations, and at the same time inspire us to move towards new opportunity.

Finding the ‘perfect’ word can be a little intimidating at first. As you explore finding your word for 2016, here are a few questions to reflect on:
•What am I longing for?
•What makes me feel most alive?
•What barriers do I want to break through?
•What is keeping me stuck?
•Where do I want to grow?

Sometimes, the words that emerge from answering these questions are the ones we are most afraid to step into. This is where we get to be our most brave selves. To take that leap, to fly and to soar.

Part of our upcoming ‘Find Your Bliss’ coaching retreat focuses on guiding you in finding the best word for YOU and if you already have it, even better! We will give you essential coaching tools that will support you in exploring your truest passions and in living your best life!

Arise & Be’s word for the year is IGNITE! We are super excited to share this with you and see where it takes us! Our hope is to ignite a fire within women to ask bigger, better questions and invite them into living a life of freedom, strength and wholeness.

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We are SO for you!
-Heather, Sharon, Michaela & Meredith

PS We would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to know what words you might be tossing around or have already chosen!

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‘Live your Journey’ Retreat

March 15th, 2015

Roseville, California

9:30am

The sun was shining, the trees were swaying with a gentle breeze, and the birds were singing their hearts out.   What a beautiful beginning to a fabulous day. Each one of us on the Arise & Be team were beyond excited to meet each of the women who signed up for our ‘live your journey’ retreat.  Our hearts are so connected with what we get to offer, and we couldn’t wait to  meet the beautiful souls who bravely stepped out of their comfort zone to spend the day with us.  A day, not only relaxing, but a day filled with growth and vulnerability, intentionality and purpose.

We learnt all about honoring the whole self.  We got to listen to Heather talk about intuition and Left and Right brained activities.  We created masterpieces with oil pastels (use that right side of the brain, ladies!), discovered new terms like: space within and space between. We explored the words: Clarity, Kindness, Confidence, Growth, Receptivity, Vulnerability, Faith and Abundance…. and then used those words to create our ‘Life Map Cards’ for our journey. Deep conversations, sharing in our groups, beautiful questions being asked.  Playing with putty as Heather read us a story.  One of my favorite things was seeing all the blankets spread out under the trees as we all took time to rest after lunch. Oh, what a glorious day.

Thank you Michelle F, Shelley S, Rebecca, Shelley W, Cristal, Paige, Marjorie, Erika, Raley, Jennifer, Darlene, Amy, Jill, Jaime, Kacee, Michelle H, Lexi, Lisa W, Liana and Lisa H.

Each one of you inspired us.  We are so FOR you and we can’t wait to see each of you soar.

Live deeply and with freedom, dear friends.

Sharon

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RECAP: Explore Your Voice Day Retreat

 

Well!  We did it!  Success!  Arise & Be just wrapped up our last retreat of 2014, and man, what a way to go out!

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The Explore Your Voice Day Retreat was spectacular… beyond words amazing. In fact, trying to put words to the feelings and energy that filled the room, the message, and the most uniquely gifted group of women, could never adequately capture everything the day was.

So, instead of trying to put MY words to the day, I’d like to let the beautiful women that attended the retreat do it instead. {Because really, there’s no one better to hear it from:-)}

These are the actual questions we ask guests at the end of every retreat:

– How was the length of time for the retreat?  The facilities?  The food?

I loved it all! The food was amazing.
I feel like everything should have been on Pinterest.
– Laura

– Which activity did you enjoy the most?  Why?

ALL OF IT!  Each bit was equally important.
Great mix of information, thought, processing time.
– Liana

– What part of the retreat was the most challenging for you?

It’s really hard for me to embrace silence or ‘alone time’… this retreat has taught
me the value of this and why it’s so important for me to recharge.
– Lexi

– What was most significant for you about this retreat experience?

The entire event. I loved all the women, stories, speakers and projects.
– Laurie

– How was your experience during space within time?

Awesome! Valuable. I achieved clarity around things
I needed time to stop and think about.
– Melissa

How did this day meet your expectations?

Exceeded all expectations!
– Michele

Any other comments or feedback?

Wow!  What a day! I will not only be back, but will share with others.
– Cristal

With two retreats officially under our belt, the year couldn’t have been any more perfect. We learned a lot about each other, who we are as a team, and have met some truly incredible women along the way. What a gift this year has been!

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The line up of upcoming coaching retreats and workshops for 2015 is looking even more fabulous! Visit our website {www.ariseandbe.com} to learn more! Hope to see you there!

Hugs!

– Michaela :-)

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“Finding your Bliss” Retreat September 2014

The day dawned bright and clear…  and our team was ‘over the moon’ excited about what the day would hold and the women we would get to meet.  Months of planning, dreaming and being inspired lead up to this moment and our team was truly feeling the beauty this day would hold.

The location: The gorgeous Wilson Vineyards, located in Clarksburg, a rustic barn.

The weather: Blue skies, gentle breezes and 100 degree heat.  (Thank goodness for fans!!)

The woman: Authentic woman that showed up ready to step into their best life.

The message: Find your Bliss.

The day began with our own personal barista Lexi, who prepared gourmet coffee and tea for each of us.  Followed by gentle music played by the wonderful Julie and Kathy. Heather led us in an art experience that engaged the rights side of our brain.  All we needed was  Paper… Sharpies… Oil pastels… and our smudgy fingers. :)  Fun Fun…

Then we explored the meaning of the word ‘Bliss’…  Not the light and fluffy feelings around it  BUT how it actually goes so much deeper.  Bliss is about intentional living.  About asking kind questions that move us into a life we want.  Bliss is about listening to what is being whispered to us… Relating to what supports our unique journey… Nurturing who we are and who we are becoming…  Bliss is living confidently… Honoring the truth we will hear in the journey… Bliss is about inviting love in to guide and transform you.

The day was filled with story-telling, creating bliss books, laughter, tears, growth, space within time, beautiful sharing, quiet moments and moving classical music and new friendships.

We asked each member of our team what their favorite part of the day was:

“I loved how the beauty of our environment complimented the beauty of our guests and the conversations we had. I enjoyed seeing their inner beauty so clearly reflected in the bliss books, their art, and their responses to our discussions.” – Heather

“My favorite part of the day was getting to engage with each of the amazing woman that attended.  I am always drawn to the fact that we are all so diverse and unique… and yet, when we share some of the deepest part of our hearts, we come to realize we have the same longings and needs. The same desires to be heard and valued.   I felt absolutely honored to be on this journey with each of them.  Making new friends in such an authentic way was AWESOME!”  – Sharon

“There was a moment toward the end of the retreat where I could see fresh air hit each woman’s heart as they breathed in the energy of the day. I get so excited for each of them as I think about what is ahead… I know their lives will transform so beautifully because they have been intentional about taking a day for themselves. It’s just the beginning, but it’s such an important step. It’s an awesome thing to be able to reflect back to each woman what a worthy investment she is!“ – Meredith

“I can’t stop thinking about the energy that was felt in the room throughout the day.  I am in awe with what is created when you have a room full of women that are all there with the same purpose, the same intention, the same openness and desire to invite goodness into their lives. To try and describe it in words is difficult because it was a feeling that filled our souls, and lifted our spirits.  I guess if I had to narrow it down to three words it would be peace, comfort and joy.  I feel so honored to have connected with each and every woman that came and enjoyed the day with us!  So excited for the next one!  Hugs!“ – Michaela

Thanks to each of the  amazing woman that joined us.  Crystal, Luna, Jennifer, Michelle, Shelley, Kathy, Julie, Lexi, Margo, Erin, Melinda, Mary and Catriona, you each inspired us.  Thank you for sharing this day with us, and for being willing to step into brave and engage better in the life you want.

The Arise & Be Team

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and here are some thoughts from retreat attendants:

“The reminder that I need to take the time to be intentional in nurturing my heart was so important to me.”

“It was beautiful. My soul is more at peace now and has the space to breathe.” – Michelle

“Hearing words put to my deepest emotions via other women’s voices was most significant about this experience.” – Shelley

“You can’t drive a car with an empty tank and today filled my tank to overflowing. It made me realize the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual need to make the time to do this on a regular basis.” – Melinda

“The power of being in a room with so many beautiful women had such an impact on me.” – Michelle

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Such a stunning group of beautiful, open spirits! xoxo!

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Arise & Be – The Story Behind its Beginning…

THE LESSONS I LEARNED FROM CHILDREN

We learn so much about who we are, how we view the world, and how we grown when working with children.  They teach us about spontaneous joy, uncontrollable laughter, and seizing the present moment. For this reason alone, I have always loved being a part of children’s lives.  We have boundless opportunities for learning and growth.  Children remind us of this.

But after years of teaching, I began to notice something else, they teach us when we stop believing in our power to be great and live courageous lives.  The older my students became, the more the dreams of becoming a professional dancer or a race car driver shifted to fears of not ‘being enough’ or  fear of ‘failing’.  Not being enough for what?  For who?  Failing in what?  Why all the pressure?  Where was it coming from?  These questions began to haunt me.

Grappling with reality and reconciling dreams is a process we all go through. It comes with the journey of ‘doing life’.  But with age, do we really need to believe less in who as we grow our inner critic that scoffs at the dreams we once had and the hope to accomplish great things?

After teaching young children in private schools, working with junior high at-risk students in East Los Angeles, training teachers in the jungles of Belize to break the cycle of poverty, and teaching educators at universities… I wanted to learn more about supporting individuals daring to believe in more.  I returned to school to research human services with the focus of exploring what influences personal growth and emotional well-being as well as what inspires transformational living.  My Ph.D. focused on researching gifted women transitioning with the purpose of coaching women and supporting them in their journey.

 

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THE ART OF ASKING PRODUCTIVE QUESTIONS

One of the most recurring questions in coaching conversations with women is the question, “What is wrong with me?!?” I hear it asked in moments of acute frustration, overwhelming despair, internal disgust, and sometimes even just out of sheer curiosity.

After noticing how often I heard women ask this, I was struck with the thought of how unhelpful this question really is. In fact, it is actually quite cruel. It hurts the person being asked and does not set anyone up to receive a fair answer. When we ask this question of ‘what’s wrong’, we do harm to our self by not allowing a fair answer to be found…and instead an assumption is made that something is indeed very wrong with us.

The truth is, nothing is ‘wrong’ with us…we are simply at a painful or confusing place in our journey. What we need are helpful questions that set us up for success to receive better answers. I have found that kinder gentler questions such as, “Where does it hurt?” or “Why am I stalled?” to be fairer questions, which eventually lead to answers that guide us.

As I listened one more time to this question being habitually tossed out in our conversation, I found myself saying, “How about we ask what is right with you?”

A STRONG COMMUNITY WAS DEVELOPED

In the belief that we are stronger together as women, I wanted to develop a community that came together holding the valuable belief that so much is right with us.

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Forming a community around this powerful posture of asking helpful questions such as ‘what’s right with me?’ gives us the permission to move forward in authentic ways as we dare to explore new possibilities. To consider helpful questions challenges a whole new level of self-talk. Most importantly, it engages our critiquing abilities to focus on our strengths instead of our weaknesses, to find the solutions we need, and build the courage, confidence, and clarity to move forward. Arise & Be is a place for the woman to truly Arise…and…BE.

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arise&be: launch party thoughts

It was a night to launch a movement. From amazing women attending to inspirational photos….to words that change our lives…to beauty in the middle of a vineyard….we at Arise & Be were deeply moved to be apart of starting something that ignites our passion.

What are we passionate about?

Freeing up the hearts and minds of women to step into their best lives. The heartbeat for Arise & Be is community. Safe community that allows women to explore, discover, and offer their best life. We believe that it is IN community that life change happens. Women discover who they are meant to be and take the necessary steps to move into their best life.

Amidst the laughter, the food and the drinks, we were able to share our stories and hear the stories of others. Words such as Empathy, Abundance, Clarity, Love, Believe, Beauty, Passion, Freedom, Strength, and Courage showed up in the voices of the ‘community of women’ that night. It was an honor to witness the sensitivity and the strength of the woman’s spirit.

Our favorite moment during the evening was when women shared the word that most inspired them. The buzz and the energy ignited the room. We, at Arise & Be smiled. This was indicative of how much more is to come.

We are excited to be a part of supporting your journey and providing a safe place for you to explore your next steps to move into your best life. Our next 2 day-retreats are on Sunday, September 14th and Saturday, November 1st. Won’t you join us and bring a friend? Click here to be a part of our community and get the empowerment you need to enter into your best life.

We are waiting to spend the day together and anticipating with you….

With the highest of hopes of what’s to come,

Heather, Sharon, Meredith, & Michaela – The Arise & Be Team

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as a team, words hold such power for us. many of our conversations center around a single word. it’s helps us define where we are at in our journey and lead us to a space of clarity. it challenges our heart, mind and spirit.

we have adventured across the country to attend a team-building conference and as we come together the night before we are embracing the word ANTICIPATION. for us it is the hope of all things to come… an open stance… the ability of our hearts to take on our journey regardless of struggle, celebration, failure or success.

with that in mind, here’s a look at what is on our mind and in our hearts as we approach tomorrow:

heather…
i am anticipating confirmation for arise&be and myself. i’m so excited about what we get to offer. i’m ready to be confirmed in what i offer and how we offer it as a team. i am opening myself to new vision. after intentionally moving out in new ways through the last five years, i’m so ready for what’s next.

sharon…

i am anticipating truth. i know that each participant was intentional about being here. i’m so looking forward to being in a room with truth-tellers and enjoying the moments of genuine connection. i’m also anticipating clarity as i keep moving forward on my journey.

michaela…
i’m walking into this experience with an open heart. i don’t know what to expect, but i have the faith that i will walk away having experienced awesomeness. i’m looking forward to meeting people with the same energy and spirit.

meredith…
i’m anticipating love and the gift of time. this is such a worthy investment. i know that we are all deserving of this experience and i am excited to see who i cross paths with. i know that i will walk into this and meet exactly the people i need to meet. i truly cherish the opportunity to honor others and their stories.

amber…
i am anticipating clarity. i’m in a place where i have done the hard work to build the foundation for my business and i’m looking forward to what’s next. i’m excited to meet other business people and learn about the process they’ve been through. i’ve also planned many events in the past, so i cannot wait to simply enjoy the next two days and release the responsibility of the details.

a big thank you to all of our loved ones holding down the fort at home. your faith in each of us is beautiful. wish us luck!!!

xoxo.
-mer

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